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Pastors Should Always Wear Long Sleeves

AfterI once filled in for a Pastor who had a beard. His church was a bit upset with him about something and over lunch, two little ladies wanted me to point them to that passage that declares Pastors should not have facial hair… stop searching, it isn’t in there. Neither does the Bible address the issue of sleeves, but it does encourage us to be in touch with people by having a shepherd’s heart.

Let me start from the end… In order to be effective, you need to influence people. You can’t influence people if you’re emotionally closed off, so you have to open up and wear your feelings on your sleeves. When you wear your feelings on your sleeves, you’re going to get hurt, which is the necessary risk you have to take to influence people. Shepherds feel pain often, CEO’s don’t… at least not as much.

Here’s another thought. If you’re going to wear your feelings on your sleeves, wear long sleeves. One of the most destructive forces wreaking havoc on ministries is an uncontrolled temper. If you’re not careful, you’ll snap to judgment and react in anger. The necessary counterpart to compassionate ministry is patience with people… so wear long sleeves, be long-suffering.

We’re hopefully growing past the old idea that the Pastor should remain in a defensible ivory tower, but we still need to be tender too. Now… don’t criticize me for writing this!

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  • http://justinsrefuge.com Justin Williams

    You need to start getting permission before you blog about me, especially if your going to put my picture in it. I thought that sleeveless shirt looked nice on me. :) One last thing, I'm not shaving. Don't get me started about scripture requiring me to tuck my shirt in, and wear a tie either. :)> That is me smiling with my goetee.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/brandonacox Brandon Cox

      Sorry Justin, but I think you're just wearing your feelings on your… bare arm. ;)